In class we watched a Ted Talk that highlighted many different topics but in the end all came into a conclusion about tragedy. The talk mainly stayed on topics relating to society and how people interact with one another. The speaker showed how this whole idea of tragedy also correlates with loss but also success.
When we think about the competition aspect of society we tend to compare each other in saying "that person is better than this person". This makes up the basis for everyday life. Most of the time people think that is how it should be, where the people that are the best are put on somewhat of a pedestal. However, in the Ted Talk, the speaker says that if you believe that the people that are talented deserve to be at the top of society than you also believe that the people who are not talented are worthy of being on the bottom. "Everybody deserves to get where they get to." Since no one wants to be at the bottom, there is a lot of competition and the people who truly are "the best" are not always the people who are so high up in society. This makes sense when think about tragedy. If you compare your self to other that seem better than you start to envy them. This envy and feeling judged by others can feel like a tragedy on ones life.
Another topic highlighted by the speaker dealt with being successful but at the same time experiencing loss. Most of the time if you haven't experienced some kind of tragedy there is nothing for you to learn and improve upon and you might not end up being as successful as you could have hoped to be. There is a difference between being a "loser", and have experienced "loss". This element of lost is always apparent as well because a person cannot be successful at every single thing. By using that logic we are able to see that owning your ideas of success is better than simply trying to be great at everything because you want to be "higher up" in the world than someone you envy.